Databases for Finding Filtered/Synthesized/Evaluated
MEDLINE is a major source of the primary literature (the original reports
of research) in medicine. However, the process of searching,
evaluating the reports of original research can be daunting and time
intensive. There are several databases that offer synthesized and
evaluated evidence in the form of systematic reviews, meta-analyses.
guidelines, and critically appraised topics. This literature is referred
to as the secondary literature.
There are other resources meant specifically to assist the clinician and
the student in
making decisions at the point-of-care. Often these resources are in the
form of handbooks or guides, many of which are now available in PDA